If you’re questioning the value of your art during a pandemic or having trouble creating, remember this:
The world needs what your writing and art have to offer right now.
As artists, we are the visionaries for the culture. When we writers and artists are working at our highest level, we are more than just storytellers or craftspeople or entertainers or celebrities.
We are bringing forward a vision for society.
Today, it’s often ART that creates powerful emotional experiences that connect, define, and inspire us.
Black Panther created an alternate world where Black Africans have a power far beyond any majority-white nation.
Kate McKinnon brought people to tears with her Saturday Night Live rendition of “Hillary Clinton” singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” just after Trump won the election.
People go to pandemic films and novels like Contagion and Station Eleven to make sense of their new reality.
Art and writing are a source of meaning, connection, and inspiration for people.
With everything going on in the world, now more than ever, we need a full, empathetic understanding of the human experience–delivered with vision and love.